Restaurant Egget in Stavanger
Egget is probably the kind of place where I would hang out most often if I lived in Stavanger. It’s dark, the music is loud, the ambiance is great, bottles of natural wine are shared between the tables and the kitchen makes whatever the f*ck they feel like serving based on today’s available ingredients. Roy serves the wine and Tony makes the food. Until recently, a French guy called Anthony was in charge of the pots, but when he left, Tony Martin took his place. Don’t get fooled by the knit cap and hoodie he wears at work, though, Mr. Martin has experience from restaurants like Bagatelle, Tango, and Renaa.
Grilled naan bread, hummus, a ceviche and fried cod sticks arrived at our table almost before we sat down. Two glasses each were filled with different white wines. You’re not left hungry or thirsty for a second in here! On a board on the wall was a hand-written menu, from which we tried to order ox dumplings next. Tony just laughed: “We don’t have that. That thing there [the menu] is more of a joke.” Instead, some tasty pork dumplings arrived at our table shortly after. Egget has been compared to Pjoltergeist in Oslo and I can see why, but to me, it’s more chaotic, even more hipster and less refined. Pieces of crispy chicken arrived last, juicy as hell, slapped on top of some tarragon mayo and served with a help-yourself bottle of fermented Midsummer sauce. So simple and tasty!
Be warned, though, Egget may not be for everybody. This isn’t your average restaurant experience. No one here will ask you what you want to eat, whether you liked the wine or not, nor give you any hints during the evening on what you’re actually paying in the end. How do they even count the number of glasses you are drinking? I have no clue – but they somehow charged almost four full bottles of wine to our table. At least it was some seriously refreshing wine and tasty bites, but next time I’m gonna check the bill more thorough.